adam laroche with a pair of home runs, and the nats beat the cubs, 11-5. speaking of home runs, mvp candidate miguel cabrera ripped his 34th of the season, but it was all for naught. the tigers lost to the indians, 3-2. so with the tiger losing, could the white sox increase their lead in the a.l. central? hmm-mm. minnesota scored more runs in the fifth than some teams do in an entire week. hung ten on the sox, went on to win it, 18-9. chicago leads the central by a game. thumbs up to the pirates. beat the astros, 6-2. thumbs down to jose altuve. pedro alvarez with an infield fly. i got it, i got it. i don't got it. no way, jose. in came two. when it rains, it pours. houston lost their league-leading 94th game. college football, after robbing michigan on saturday, alabama has taken over the number one spot in the a.p. poll. usc dropped to number two. lsu, oregon, and oklahoma round out the top five. u.s. open, andy roddick came out flying against eighth ranked juan martin del potro.